Practice Based Research
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Beatrice has been involved in practice-based research for over a decade. She completed a three-year Interdisciplinary PhD, which brought together strands of Feminism, Dance Movement Psychotherapy and Performance/film and continues to be committed to developing practice and theory in these fields.

Words from the Researcher-Practitioner

As both artist and clinician my specialist area of research explores sexuality, gender, and power within the therapeutic relationship and for performance. I use video, photographic image and live performance to explore a range of themes such as the nature of boundaries, the links between private and public performance, the extent to which all social action is ‘performance’, the way emotions are embodied, and the bodily expression of the self(s).

My work combines feminist approaches to movement improvisation, psychotherapy, and performance. For me, a core belief system is to encourage non-sexist and more egalitarian approaches to interpersonal communication within our communities and across a broad range of everyday life contexts.

For over sixteen years, I have drawn from interdisciplinary insights and worked with my embodiment of choreographer, clinician and researcher in two specific ways: by developing my Solo Practice and by establishing the The Lab for a group of professional arts therapists and performers.

My current interests are to develop practice-based collaborations with scientists, so that I may re-inforce understanding of the body-mind connection in the various aspects of my embodied (artistic and therapeutic) practice. For more details about current collaborations see International Practice.